U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule that increases fees for most immigration benefit applications and petitions by an average of 10 percent, effective November 23. The final rule made no changes to the fee schedule contained in the proposed rule, which was discussed in the June 2010 issue of the Immigration eAuthority. Although a few fees will be reduced under the proposal, the filing fees for primary employer-sponsored petition forms will increase. The I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (used for H-1B, H-2B, O-1 and L-1 petitions, among others) would be increased from $320 to $325. The I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (used for most employer-sponsored green cards) would be raised from $475 to $580. Please see the USCIS fact sheet for a schedule of fee changes.
New Year, New Laws: A Summary of Workplace Law Changes, Effective January 1, 2019, in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec
Several changes in labour and employment law have recently been implemented in several Canadian provinces.
Open the Floodgates: NLRB Announces Misclassification of Independent Contractors Can, In Itself, Violate Section 8(a)(1)
On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Advice publicly released an advice memorandum from December of 2015 in which it found a Section 8(a)(1) violation for an employer’s misclassification of independent contractor status.
On April 9, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a precedential decision concerning an employer’s obligation to file an amended H-1B petition in certain scenarios involving a change in worksite. The decision by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO)—USCIS’s administrative review body—is the culmination of a shift in agency policy on this matter.